CAMPAIGNERS have issued a rallying cry for people to attend a public meeting and have their say on the controversial closure of an end-of-life care ward.
The Save G5 Campaign Group has organised a meeting at Portsmouth Guildhall tomorrow evening to allow people to discuss the closure of the ward at Queen Alexandra Hospital, Cosham.
The News, which is backing the Save G5 campaign, will be represented at the meeting. And members of the independent panel reviewing the ward’s closure, have also been invited although it is not yet clear whether they will attend.
Darren Sanders, one of the organisers of the campaign group, said: ‘This is the first time local people will have a chance to have their say properly.
‘We want as many people as possible to come along and discuss the issue. We have invited the hospital trust to come to the meeting too but they have refused so far. But what we are going to do is keep a chair spare for them, should they change their mind. This is their chance to finally explain to the public, why they closed the ward.
‘If they don’t turn up though, we’ll try and give people as much information as possible that the trust has given us. We’ll also be explaining a bit about the review and what it entails.’
Campaigners are now in the process of contacting the independent panel to invite them to the public meeting.
Mr Sanders added: ‘If they don’t attend we’ll gather comments and pass them on to them.’
Members of the Independent Reconfiguration Panel are in Portsmouth this week speaking to various groups about G5 and Portsmouth Hospital NHS Trust’s decision to replace the ward with a mobile nurse team.
The panel has been instructed to carry out an inquiry by Health Secretary Andrew Lansley. It will report its findings at the end of March.
Members of the Save G5 Campaign Group will meet with the panel tomorrow afternoon to hand over a dossier of information about G5,
Tomorrow’s public meeting will take place at the Guildhall from 7pm to 9pm.